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Daddy moved out and Mommy is upset (and it is probably your fault)

Will Dad Ever Move Back Home?

I have seen way too many of these books on this site that are STILL on the shelves.   I know that the authors are trying to help and for 1980 this is probably not too bad an attempt.  It does bother me is that these books seem to have the same theme over and over: Mommy is cranky and Daddy leaves.    Example that follows is Daddy taking child to get a hamburger and have an awkward conversation about custody arrangements.  Again, I don’t see how this helps anyone, especially since nothing seems to be resolved at the end of the “story”.  Short answer:  I just don’t think these books age well. Youth librarians, please chime in on this one!


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Still crazy after all these years

Understanding “Senility”
A Layperson’s Guide
Fraser and Thornton

While I appreciate this author’s use of the quotations and the attempt to combat the stereotype of senility as part of a “normal aging process”, this book is simply too old for a modern health collection.    Issues of  dementia and Alzheimer’s are devastating for patients and their families and up-to-date information is crucial for a public library.  Weed it!


One step beyond

Aliens From Space
The Real Story of Unidentified Flying Objects

Folks, I have been working on weeding in the zeros-100’s and I am still having trouble coming up with some solid criteria for those topics like UFOs, Bigfoot, crop circles and all sorts of other stuff that floats in the lower range of Dewey land.  Currency?  Scientific authority?  My expertise is limited to episodes of  the X files, Unsolved Mysteries, and lately Fringe.  Anyone have any nice ideas I can communicate in a collection objective? Everyone in public library land knows this stuff is usually good to go until it falls apart.  I keep thinking we can do better.

I Want To Believe!

PS Here is the back cover.  BTW, there is no mention of Roswell at all in this book.  Hmmm….